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Reports: Matthew McConaughey walks back comments on run for governor

He said during the radio interview on The Hugh Hewitt Show, “I mean, that (a run for office) wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me.”

George Floyd Act seeks to make major reforms to policing in Texas

Former aides file whistleblower lawsuit alleging retaliation by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas’ Patrick offers reward as Trump makes unfounded claims

Gov. Abbott releases statement on Election recounts, disputes

Valenzuela concedes loss to GOP’s Beth Van Duyne in Texas

Senator-elect files bill to legalize marijuana in the state of Texas

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Court documents show friendly relationship between Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Nate Paul, donor at the center of new criminal allegations

Whistleblowers say Texas AG’s office retaliated against them — placing an armed guard in the office — after they reported Ken Paxton

  Trump: Supporters ‘protecting’ Biden campaign bus in Texas

  Texas early voting exceeds total of all 2016 ballots

East Texas state reps Ashby, Paddie throw hat in ring to be Speaker of Texas House

  Sen. John Cornyn makes campaign stop in Tyler

Second whistleblower fired from Texas attorney general’s office after accusing Ken Paxton of bribery

Blake Brickman, who had served as deputy attorney general for policy and strategy initiatives for less than a year, was fired Tuesday, the official said. Lacey Mase, the deputy attorney general for administration, was also fired Tuesday, The Texas Tribune reported earlier this week.

  Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate meets with voters, civic leaders, small business owners

M.J. Hegar, a Democrat who is running for one of Texas, U.S. Senate seats, made a quick tour through East Texas on Saturday. She had stops in Port Arthur, Lufkin, and Tyler.

Texas governor appoints new state Supreme Court justice

Texas' governor appointed a new justice to the state Supreme Court Thursday, filling the vacant seat of a recently retired judge.

Cornyn, Hegar clash over virus, court in Texas Senate debate

Hegar, an Air Force veteran who narrowly lost a U.S. House race in 2018, is an underdog in a state where Democrats haven’t won statewide in 25 years.

Appeals court grants stay to Texas AG in mail-in ballot case

Early voting can start Oct. 13 as scheduled, Texas Supreme Court rules

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he won’t resign after accusations of criminal activity by top aides

Cruz, Cornyn indicate support for confirming new Supreme Court justice before the election

Josh Abbott lends endorsement to Save our Stages Act to provide grants to live venue operators & talent reps

Local election administrations are having to re-print ballots after a Texas Supreme Court ruling

Texas court allows Green Party candidates on the ballot

Texas court allows Green Party candidates on the ballot

Ted Cruz says he doesn’t want to join the Supreme Court after being shortlisted by Trump

Last week, President Donald Trump named Cruz and another Texan to a list of potential picks for the U.S. Supreme Court if he gets a second term.

Texas Rep. Ron Wright hospitalized due to cancer treatment

Last year, Wright wrote on Facebook that he was again undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

Texas ordered to immediately fix flaws in method used to reject some mail-in ballots

When local election officials throw out a mail-in ballot because they think a signature is suspect, voters must have a meaningful chance to contest the decision, a federal judge ruled.

Reflecting on the last 26 years in office with Congressman Mac Thornberry

After more than two and a half decades in office he says it's time to move on.

  U.S. Senator John Cornyn discusses CARES Act, possibility of more funding

U.S. Senator John Cornyn visited Amarillo’s Texas Tech University Pharmacy School today to discuss the impact of the CARES Act on the area.

Restaurants, bars and breweries scramble to reinvent themselves to get around Gov. Greg Abbott’s bar shutdown

Businesses that make up most of their sales with alcohol were closed down by Abbott's latest shutdown order, leaving them to maneuver through loopholes to reopen.

  Delegates from Texas Republican Party nominate state senator as District 4 candidate

Members of the Texas Republican Party met at an East Texas location today to make a choice of who will be their nominee for a congressional seat on the November ballot. The district 4 seat was left vacant when congressman John Ratcliffe was appointed to director of national intelligence.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says local governments can’t stop or delay evictions

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton advised Friday that local Texas governments' attempts to delay evictions for renters grappling with the COVID-19 recession amounted to rewriting state law — something they can't do, he said in nonbinding legal guidance.

Gov. Abbott visits McAllen convention center’s temporary health care facility

Governor Greg Abbott today visited the McAllen Convention Center for the opening of the temporary health care facility which will help increase the Rio Grande Valley’s hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Texas women gift President Trump a Prayer Quilt

A West Texas woman gave President Trump a special gift during his visit to Midland Texas.

Sen. Cornyn introduces health coverage bill for laid off, furloughed Texans

“This legislation will provide some degree of certainty to folks who have found themselves out of work through no fault of their own.”

Trump to visit Texas as polls show increasingly close presidential race

President Trump is scheduled to visit Texas for the 16th time as commander in chief, Wednesday.

Former Florida congressman Allen West unseats James Dickey to become Texas GOP chairman

Allen West, the firebrand former Florida congressman, has defeated Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey to lead the country’s largest state Republican Party.

  US appeals court overrules Texas GOP’s in-person convention

A federal appeals court has overruled a judge’s decision allowing the Texas Republican Party to hold an in-person convention in Houston, marking a big win for the nation’s fourth-largest city in an ongoing battle with the state GOP.

Texas Supreme Court denies Texas GOP’s appeal to hold in-person convention this week in Houston

The Texas Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Republican Party of Texas seeking to host its in-person convention this week in Houston. Justices also denied a similar petition spearheaded by other party officials and Houston activist Steve Hotze.

Reversing course, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn signals openness to removing Confederate names from military bases

After initially resisting the idea of changing Fort Hood’s name, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn indicated Friday afternoon that he is more open to changing the names of military bases named for Confederate leaders.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn resistant to renaming Fort Hood, military base named after a Confederate general

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn expressed resistance to the idea of changing the name of Fort Hood, a massive Texas military base named after a Confederate military leader, as calls nationwide mount to remove monuments and rename bases named for memorializing Confederate leaders.

Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

Sam Johnson, a onetime prisoner of war in Vietnam and Republican Texas congressman who was the U.S. House’s oldest member when he stepped down in 2019 at age 88, has died.

Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to coronavirus alone isn’t enough for mail-in ballot

The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a lack of immunity to the new coronavirus does not qualify a voter to apply for a mail-in ballot.

Influential conservative group endorses Ronny Jackson over Josh Winegarner in runoff for U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry’s seat

The two men vying to represent the Texas Panhandle in Congress have split a slew of endorsements ahead of the runoff to replace Thornberry, who is retiring.

Former US Rep. Allen West out of hospital after Texas crash

West was driving back from a rally in Austin focused on reopening the state amid the coronavirus pandemic when the accident occurred Saturday.

State Agencies To Reduce Budgets By Five Percent

State agencies and institutions of higher education have been asked to submit a plan identifying savings that will reduce respective general and general revenue related appropriations by five percent.

Texas doubles early voting period for July primary runoff elections

Ahead of the first statewide election during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has doubled the length of the early voting period for the upcoming July primary runoff elections.

State of Texas provides guidance for reopening retail businesses

The State of Texas released guidelines this week for the reopening of retail businesses, as the state transitions to a Retail To Go model.

Gov. Abbott to survey teachers on school shooting prevention

Gov. Greg Abbott will send a survey to more than 500,000 educators across the state to ask questions on school preparedness in the case of an active shooter situation.

  Biden wins 9 Super Tuesday states, including Texas; Sanders takes California, 3 others

The race is shaping up as a contest between two starkly different visions for the party’s future and a November rematch with President Donald Trump.

Senator John Cornyn announces $4.1 million federal grant for Texas North Western Railway Company

U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today that The Texas North Western Railway Company was awarded a $4,086,700 federal grant for their Etter Interchange Improvement Project.

Court OKs Texas winner-take-all presidential elector system

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans unanimously upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the Texas system.

Law helps protect patients from surprise hospital bills

The new law helps to protect patients from surprise bills coming after receiving health care.

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Catholic, draws criticism over new refugee ban from Texas’ Catholic bishops

It’s not the first time Abbott has disagreed with the religious groups over state policy. He was also criticized in 2015 after he made Senate Bill 4, an omnibus, state-based immigration enforcement bill, a legislative priority.

Texas governor to honor man who killed church shooter

Jack Wilson will receive the Governor’s Medal of Courage on Monday.

Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and Trump VA nominee, running for Texas congressional seat

Ronny Jackson, a Levelland-native and the former White House doctor and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee to be secretary of veterans affairs, is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon. This from the Texas Tribune

New law requires uniform hours of operation at temporary polling places

A new election law is generating some concern about voter turnout in upcoming elections. The law requires uniform hours of operation at temporary polling places and eliminates mobile or movable polling places.

  WATCH: East Texas lawmakers discuss House turmoil, secret recording

House lawmakers are expected to speak with the East Texas Now news desk on Oct. 16 to discuss controversy in the Texas House of Representatives following the release of a secret recording of a conversation between the House Speaker and a conservative activist.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media access to Empower Texans, suggested it target certain Republicans, recording shows

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media access to Empower Texans, suggested it target certain Republicans, recording shows

Do you plan to vote in Texas’ November elections? The time to register is now

Texans hoping to participate in the Nov. 5 election have until Oct. 7 to register to vote.

Texas governor appoints Keven Ellis chair of State Board of Education

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Keven Ellis, D.C. as Chair of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) for a term set to expire on September 16, 2021.

  Democratic debate covered expected issues: immigration, guns, health care

The debate covered the expected topics; how do you think they did?

  UT Tyler hosts local democratic debate focus group

UT Tyler professors hosted a focus group with local democrats during the debate.

  WEBXTRA: Could Texas be a swing state in 2020?

Could Texas be a swing state in 2020? Tonight’s debate in Houston highlights that thought on a diverse college campus in a diverse city.

Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program ends next month. Here’s what that means for you.

More than 600,000 Texans will immediately be eligible to have their driver's licenses reinstated after the program's Sept. 1 repeal. The system was widely criticized for adding additional annual fees on top of the price of tickets, but all pending surcharges will soon be waived.

  Starting Sep. 1st, electronic transmission of sexually explicit material will be illegal

Indecent exposure has been a crime in person, but not online; until a week from today when a bill, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed in May, goes into effect.

Pastor who lost child in Texas church attack runs for office

A Texas pastor whose teenage daughter was among more than two dozen people killed during a mass shooting at his church in 2017 says he's running for the state Legislature

Texas governor meets with tech officials about quelling hate

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a new secretary of state after his previous elections chief appointee resigned amid backlash for wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of tens of thousands of voters

Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick receives stent after heart blockage

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has had a stent inserted in his chest after experiencing a heart blockage Thursday evening

Dustin Burrows resigns as Texas House GOP Caucus chairman amid allegations of targeting Republicans

State Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock has resigned as chair of the Texas House GOP Caucus, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Governor forms new anti-terrorism unit after El Paso attack

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is adding manpower to gang investigations surrounding white nationalist groups in the wake of the El Paso shooting that left 22 people dead

Texas House committee to investigate allegations against Speaker Dennis Bonnen

The House General Investigating Committee, which holds subpoena power, will review allegations that Bonnen offered media credentials to a conservative group if it targeted 10 GOP lawmakers in the upcoming election.

  State Rep. Clardy discusses legislative session at chamber event

State Rep. Travis Clardy is set to discuss the 86th Legislative Session with community members Friday during a Nacogdoches County Chamber luncheon.

  New law ensures firefighters and EMTs with certain cancers can receive worker’s compensation

A new law ensures worker's compensation for firefighters and EMTs with certain cancers.

Abbott extends state plumbing board until 2021

Heading off the prospect of everyone in Texas being able to call themselves a plumber, Gov. Greg Abbott extended the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its licensing law until 2021 Thursday via an executive order.

  VIDEO: Sen. Hughes discusses passage of ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill'

This week marked the passage of Senate Bill 1978, known as the ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill.'State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who authored the bill, stopped by the East Texas Now desk Thursday to discuss the law and religious freedom.

  Sam’s Law will benefit students across the state; give parents peace of mind

Sam's Law will benefit students across the state who suffer from seizures.

Governor Abbott signs Amarillo representative’s bill that aims to provide mental health services to students

Amarillo representative Four Price's House Bill 18 was signed by Governor Abbott and is intended to give additional mental health services to students in Texas public schools.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

Secretary of State David Whitley submitted his resignation letter Monday. He did so just before the Texas Legislature was set to adjourn without taking the confirmation note Whitley needed to keep his job.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

The embattled Texas elections chief who questioned the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters has resigned ahead of being forced out of office.